July 2021 has been a pretty packed month- from creating and brainstorming for our newest curriculum to hosting our first FULL team meeting with facilitators and teacher guides and setting up for what will be a pretty busy August with 2 Community Programmes running in full over 13 days.
But in true Move the World style, we added some spice and life to our meetings and day to day activities and took a few moments to tell you what being a Global Citizen means to us.
On the 21st of April 2021, we ran the first Nkabom event.
This event was an idea sparked in November 2020 on how we might be able to collaborate with others and raise funds and awareness for our programmes.
We teamed up with Action Through Enterprise (ATE) and Girls Flow Free (GFF) at the end of the last year, put our heads together and came up with with a plan.
Nkabom is the twi word for “bringing together” or “connecting” – the adinkra symbol chosen means “connecting hearts” and this was something that fit so well for us as we wanted to connect with eachother, build eachother up and connect with the larger Ghanaian diaspora here in the UK.
The evening was jam packed and started off with a conversation between Dawid and Afua and then moved into 6 minute pitches from each of the 3 charities – ATE, GFF and MTW- followed by 4 minutes of questions.
We were honoured to have Dawid Konotey-Ahulu, one of our long term supporters and mentors join us for the evening and speak about his personal experiences growing up in Ghana and where his path has led him to today. This was a live conversation with Afua Adom, a journalist and broadcaster, who was also able to share her experiences in giving to projects and organisations “back home” (Ghana).
Plus our wonderful Kellie Lucas, trustee and treasurer once again wowed us with her ability to moderate the conversation and MC the evening.
“Every child needs at least one adult in their lives who is irrationally crazy about them”- Dawid Konotey-Ahulu
It was such a great experience for MTW to harness our ask and focus in on the important parts of what people want to hear.
Together we raised £2400 that is split 3 ways between us! A successful evening had by all!!
Our core management team, Caroline, Claire, Lawrencia and Megan have just finished a 7 week Acumen coursed on “Nonprofit Fundraising.”
We have learnt so much and this comes at the exact time we are writing more grants and running more events to raise up awareness on our programmes and the incredible people who make sure each session runs smoothly!
Being virtual actually worked really well for us as we created a slot in our diaries every Friday afternoon for 2 hours to go over the readings and assignment work. Our “study buddy” session was led by a different person of the team each week on a rotating basis – so we were able to play teacher and student as well.
We can’t recommend this course enough as it has helped shape a new way of looking at things for us and built a stronger base of passion of why we do what we do.
Move the World may be small but we are mighty and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon!
Thank you Acumen for providing this course for free and looking forward to the next course we can book on soon!
Our Get Global Programme piloted in 2018 and to date has impacted 176 students through 9 different programmes. We have trained and employed 10 facilitators and are proud of the family we have created and sustained.
Get Global works on the principal of Experiential Education, which in short is the act of doing, reflecting and learning. This builds our young people with further life skills and impacts their ability to think critically and engage with challenges they face.
Two of our lead facilitators have gotten together to present a few of our favourite activities that are placed throughout the programme. Check it out and feel free to get in touch for more information.
Lead Facilitators: Habiba Abdullah & Margaret Osei Direction: Lawrencia Awuku Filming: Ebenezer Tae Ameyaw (@tae_creates)
Ben met up (virtually) with Kofi Asante recently, have a listen to his thoughts on all things SDGs and Global Citizenship
Samuel Kofi Asante is a product of the University of Ghana. A young man who is passionate about kids and as a matter of fact has always wanted to support young ones to achieve their dreams. His organisation, ‘Kofi Asante Initiatives’ was inspired by his stay in Nyinanasusu located in the Ashanti Region of Ghana when he was doing his national service. He served as a teacher and during his stay, he saw the wide gap of disparities in village education; poor and inadequate educational materials, emotional and psychological breakdown on the part of the kids, teachers and sometimes parents. He therefore decided to take it up and provide solutions hence Kofi Asante Initiatives.
What does it mean to be a global citizen? A global citizen is someone who is aware of both local and global matters and their role in shaping it better. A global citizen takes action for local or/and global causes, taking into consideration the impact of their actions on others and the globe itself.
Which SDG do you think impacts the most? Goal 16; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Which one are you passionate about? Goal 1-5 and 16
How did you get involved with your organisation? I saw a need for young people to be empowered with civic education, basic life skills, knowledge of rights and to begin to mobilise and demand for social change as a group as well as individually in their respective spaces. My present organisation was born through experiences with other organisations I was part of early on that gave me the opportunity to do all of these things now.
What makes you passionate about what you do within your organisation? Seeing people begin to embrace, accept, work towards and exhibit the change we seek.
How do you see Move the World and your Organisation partner? Through capacity building training for our beneficiaries and volunteers. As well as through an exchange and review of training materials.
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What does it mean to a be a Global Citizen? Being a global citizen implies that one has adequate knowledge of the world, ones role in it and again contributes towards ensuring a changed world thus being an active citizen
In regards to the SDGs, which of them are you most passionate about or which one impacts you the most? Goal 1 – No Poverty
How did you get involved with your organisation? First of all, I am passionate about working with NGOs. I joined a local NGO where working conditions were not good. My exposure to the INGOs through partnership projects I implemented at the local NGO in addition to my interaction with colleagues who find themselves there made me aspired to join them for improved working condition as well as the prestige attached to it. I challenged myself to gain considerable experience from the local NGO to compensate for the loss (lack of better working condition) and to enrich my CV to be make me marketable. While working at the local NGO after one year I began to look out for job adverts from these INGO and kept applying. By God’s grace, I was shortlisted, called for an interview which i performed and selected out of the four who were interviewed and given my appointment letter to work with CARE.
What makes you passionate about what you do within your organisation? As an individual with passion for community work and working with local communities, I happen to find myself in the position of a field officer where I constantly engage local communities and vulnerable group. Working with them to impact their lives, thus defeat poverty and improve their well.
How do you see Move The World and your organisation collaborating? CARE is committed to partnership building in programming due to diversity and inherent opportunities. Partnership ensures that expertise are brought on board to make lasting impact in the lives of the vulnerable. Once your organisation shares similar mission with CARE and has the expertise to drive projects, CARE could always collaborate on projects
Interview with Emmanuel Woma
Disclaimer: The views shared here represent Hakim as an individual and not that of CARE as an organisation and “I am responsible for any errors and omissions. They do not represent the views of CARE, Thank You.”